Fresh Funk offers a style of dance that is suitable for all ages and body-types. Participants build coordination, positive body image, self-esteem, strength, stamina, flexibility, fitness, discipline, team-work and performance skills.
Our dancers do not only participate in classes and performances, they work together and support each other. They learn to accept each other’s differences and come together to dance in a non-competitive, non-judgemental environment.
When people join Fresh Funk they become part of a large family of participants and supporters. The older dancers influence and inspire the younger dancers, and vice versa. This nurturing and positive environment is particularly important for participants in their teenage years.
The overwhelming majority of dancers remain involved with the program for many years. We proudly boast on-going participation as members transition through their teenage years, defying the trends of most other sports and cultural activities, which show this age group often avoiding physical activity and disconnecting from peers.
Fresh Funk is most popular with teenagers, for guys as well as girls. We have the largest body of male dancers in Canberra. With a junior, senior and master level program for guys, we have 50–60 boys and young men dancing on a weekly basis.
A dance program with a difference
Fresh Funk is part of the Tuggeranong Community Arts Association, a community based not-for-profit organisation with a 25 year history. Our focus is to encourage and foster arts and cultural development in Tuggeranong and beyond.
Dance continues to play a central role in the cultural life of our community. Running a program that brings together people from such a variety of backgrounds and ages remains a strategic priority for the Arts Centre.
Prices are stable and competitive. Fresh Funk classes and shows do not require specific costumes or other financial out‑lays, making it an affordable physical and cultural activity that is suitable for all families.
Sam Young-Wright, Sydney Dance Company
Sam Young-Wright began dancing with Fresh Funk when he was 11 years old. His skill and passion were evident early on and he began training in other complementary styles such as contemporary and ballet, with goals of becoming a professional dancer.
After college, Sam was accepted into the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts for a dance degree. In 2014, Sam was named part of the Sydney Dance Company.
An amazing performer, Sam has been told his urban dance skills gave him an ‘edge’ when it came to auditions. ‘Fresh Funk was such a great start for me,’ Sam says. ‘It is where I realized that dance was more than a hobby, it was my passion and could become my career.’
David McLean, Dream Dance Company
Fresh Funk dancer and tutor David McLean won a major competition in 2014 that took him to Los Angeles. Dave was selected to join the crew of one of the world’s leading urban choreographers, Rob Rich.
He received an all-expenses paid trip to travel and work with the Richboyz crew, doing intensive training with some of the world’s top choreographers.
Up against hundreds of other dancers competing from around the globe, Dave’s win demonstrates the world-class quality of performers coming out of the program.
‘I would never be where I am without the opportunities and experiences Fresh Funk has given me,’ Dave says. ‘It has provided me with the best possible platform for dancing and is an amazing support base for me, personally.’